Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley stressed the need for no further delay in the completion of the Strule Education Campus in a meeting with the Department of Education with her party colleague Emma Rogan MLA.
The West Tyrone MP said:
“The announcement in June that extra funding was being made available for the Strule Education Campus was positive news however there remains concerns about the ongoing delay in the completion of the project.
“I raised the matter during discussions with the Department of Education and also highlighted the impact this was having on local schools who face the prospect of having to carry out maintenance work as they continue to wait on the completion of the shared campus.
“The department assured me that the procurement issue which has impacted on the timeline for completion will be resolved and that there will be progress on the project soon. The procurement process had been suspended as there is only one applicant for the main works contract.
“The department is now considering whether to proceed with the current applicant or to restart the tendering process.
“Sinn Féin worked hard to ensure that the British Army Barracks at Lisanelly would be transformed into a site that would be of benefit to the local community.
“We will continue to press for these facilities to come to fruition. I expressed the importance of no further delay with the Department of Education as the current buildings of the local schools are unsustainable and require extensive maintenance and repair.”
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